CM Punk, who is seemingly set to debut for AEW next Friday, has now spoken about his original talks with Tony Khan in 2019.
Punk explained that, at the time, he was skeptical about AEW and wanted to take more of a “wait-and-see” approach before committing straight away. He also continued to play down current speculation by saying he’s focused on being an actor right now.
Speaking on Sunday Night’s Main Event, CM Punk said:
“Yeah, I talked to Tony. You know, my perception on this, and I said this to Tony, to his face at that time… I’m a guy who has constantly heard, ‘Hey I got a money guy, hey I got TV’. I’ve heard that at least once or twice a year for 15-20 years of my wrestling career. I’ve gotten bounced checks from those gentlemen. You watched it happen, especially after ECW folded, it was everybody was re-starting ECW, everybody was going to be the ECW guys.
“There was a dude named John Collins, who did time in prison for bouncing checks, and it always seems like somebody’s gonna, ‘Oh we’re going to start up and we’re going to compete with Vince (McMahon)’, and I always thought that came from a bad spot because if you want to start up a pro-wrestling company, I think you should always just focus on yourself.
“So, I more or less took a wait-and-see approach. And I wasn’t, or I am not, interested in pro-wrestling, in that respect. We’re here, we’re talking about ‘Heels’ and it just so happened, maybe it could be luck that the next role I got is set in the world of professional wrestling, but you know, that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
“I’m focused on bring an actor, and just like I was when I was a wrestler, focused on being the best I could be, I’m focused on being the best actor I could be.”
AEW has done everything it can to tell people that Punk will be debuting on the August 20 episode of Rampage in Chicago without actually confirming that to be the case.
Yesterday, Tony Khan said “everybody knows what to expect” from that show, and called it “the most anticipated wrestling show in years”.
CM Punk also directly addressed the speculation about him heading to AEW, which you can read more about at this link.
Quote via Wrestling Inc